Meet the WIFT-AT Board

Brittany Kerr.png

Brittany Kerr (she/her) (Nova Scotia) 
Chair

Brittany Kerr is a Halifax-based producer, production accountant, and creative industries consultant. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Dalhousie University and thrives in the areas where art and commerce connect. 

 

With a background in public accounting and commercial banking, she began her career in the entertainment industry as the production accountant on Ashley McKenzie’s debut feature, Werewolf. She has since worked on projects in all stages of production, including two years as the Director of Development for Holdfast Pictures Inc.

Brittany is currently developing a number of projects, both narrative and documentary, through her production company, Brass Door Productions Inc. She continues to provide production services in both accounting and production management and is engaged as a consultant for the Link Performing Arts Centre, a project set to create an 84,000 ft² arts and entertainment hub in the heart of downtown Halifax. 

Tara - power shot lol.jpg

Tara Taylor (Nova Scotia) 

Tara Lynn Taylor is the co-founder and festival director for The Emerging Lens Film Festival. She is a filmmaker, playwright, actress, multidisciplinary artist, singer and licensed hairstylist. Tara has worked in the film industry as a whole for 19 years in various roles behind and in front of the camera. She is the vice-chair and Diversity & Inclusive Committee team lead of the Link Performing Arts Society (a new arts, entertainment and production hub in Downtown Halifax). She serves as a Board Member for Centre for Art Tapes, Screen Nova Scotia and the Bus Stop Theatre. She is currently a member of AFCOOP, Theatre Nova Scotia, PERFORM Nova Scotia and the Bus Stop Theatre. 

Tara is a graduate of the Centre for Art Tapes’ media scholarship program. Tara has screened her short films in various places, has cast local talent in features and TV shows, and has co-coordinated youth media arts March Break Video Camps. Tara has also produced and in some cases starred in, “Dreamgirls”, “The Color Purple” and “The Wiz”, wrote an original musical about the life of Viola Desmond staged at The Spatz theatre in 2018, Dartmouth Players Theatre in 2019 and she is currently writing her new musical works entitled, ”Hood Habits” and “Love, Peace and Hairgrease” in the playwrights Unit under Eastern Front Theatre.

kaitlyn2-0069web_1.jpg

Kaitlyn Adair (she/her) (New Brunswick)

Kaitlyn Adair is a passionate filmmaker from Bathurst, New Brunswick. She started her career in film working as an actor in film and television in Vancouver, B.C. She attended Vancouver Film School in 2011 and has been pursuing her passion in film since.

 

As a member of the NB Film Co-op, she recently took the leap to director/producer with a short film she wrote called March 2.4. She is the winner of the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award and, was a finalist in the CBC Pitch Competition at the 2018 Women Making Waves conference. Kaitlyn was accepted at the Banff Centre for a film residency in July, 2018.

 

Kaitlyn is dedicated to feminist-based media and creating inclusive spaces for marginalized communities to partake in visual arts.​

Headshot - Andie _edited.jpg

Andie Bulman (she/her) (Newfoundland) 

Andie Bulman is a chef, librarian, comic, writer, and filmmaker who cares about food, equal and fair access to information, sustainability, jokes, and the oxford comma.

 

She's co-hosting, co-writing, and co-producing two FIBE children's television shows which will air this coming fall. Andie's also hosting a new segment on CBC's Here and Now entitled Habitats in Decline and is the new features and review editor with RiddleFence Literary Magazine.

 

She's delighted to be working with WIFT.

Pamela Callow (she/her) (Nova Scotia)

Pamela Callow, JD, MPA, is the bestselling author of the Kate Lange thriller series. With over a million readers, Pamela Callow’s critically-acclaimed series has been compared to works by Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham. Her debut novel DAMAGED was a Levy Home Entertainment “Need to Read Pick”, with Top Ten Bestseller placement everywhere books were sold across North America. The series has been translated in six countries, and has consistently topped ebook charts around the globe. 

 

The DAMAGED thriller TV series, treatment and pilot (written by Pamela Callow), have been optioned by L.A. based Executive Producers Kelly McKendry and Dara Weintraub (EP – MADE FOR LOVE / Netflix, Co-EP TRANSPARENT / Amazon). Pamela is currently developing several other projects for television and film, as well as acting as Script Consultant for award-winning Belgian film company Climax Films, and for a Canadian production company for the book-to-TV adaptation of work by an iconic sci-fi author. As an emerging Writer-Director, Pamela’s short film project DO NOT DISTURB was selected for the Project Development phase by Film 5. 

 

A member of the Nova Scotia bar, Pamela Callow also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to making writing a career, she worked as a Strategic Services manager and held the role of Canadian executive for the Global Justice Team with international consulting firm Accenture. 

Koumbie (she/they) (Nova Scotia)

Koumbie is an award winning director, writer, and actor. In front of the camera they have appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including CBC productions; Mr. D, Diggstown and Addison, as well as the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence.

 

Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award winning short films including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave film, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of the Screen Nova Scotia ‘Best Series’ winner Studio Black. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea & Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus: Atlantic Director and in the same year won a Telefilm Talent to Watch Grant.

 

Currently working on their first feature film B y s t a n d e r s, Koumbie is drawn to stories that feature new voices and perspectives.

LOUISE LALONDE.jpg

Louise Lalonde (she/her) (Prince Edward Island)

Louise Lalonde is a producer of both French and English screen-based entertainment content. She has written. directed, and produced several short and long-form films and documentaries through her company, Louise Lalonde Productions, as well as several audio books by Atlantic Canadian writers.  She is a member of the board for Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT), the Doc Atlantic Board, and Past President of the Charlottetown Film Society.  

 

Prior to working in the film industry, Louise's work experience was in education and hospitality.  In 2006, she initiated and continues to coordinate a popular annual series of workshops: the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp in partnership with FilmPEI.  Five years ago, she initiated The Writer's Edge, an annual screenwriting retreat for women.   

 

Presently, she has two documentary series in production: Threading the Needle and Summer Camps PEI for Bell Five TV1.  When Louise is not on set, she is developing two tv series: The Bowl & Spoon Café, a half-hour comedy, and one-hour bilingual dramedy tv series, Ç'est la Vie/That's Life.   She is also working on a final draft for a feature film, Caroline and Maria.   Needless to say, life is never boring in PEI.

Renee Laprise (she/her) (Prince Edward Island)

Renee Laprise is based in Prince Edward Island where she wears many professional hats. As the Executive Director of FilmPEI for the last eight years, Renee has helped rebuild the film industry and has worked collaboratively with the province of PEI to launch the PEI Film Production Fund.

 

As an active member of the PEI film industry Renee is currently producing a Mi’kmaq/Ally documentary web series called The Ice Walk and has several projects in development. Since 1999, Renee has been an editor on animated series, documentary and dramatic shorts in Toronto and PEI and often provides mentoring and training to the community, as well as editing services on smaller scale projects.

 

Renee is also a practicing artist specializing in paintings inspired by her life stories intermingled with local landscapes and a little splash of magic.  

NADINE D'ENTREMONT.png

Nadine d'Entremont (she/her) (Nova Scotia)

Nadine d’Entremont is the Volunteer and External Relations Manager at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, where she manages the festival’s volunteer program and coordinates grant proposals. She is also a writing instructor in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development.

 

Nadine has written several screenplays, including a short that she produced in 2020. She currently has a feature-length script in Acadian French in development.

IMG_8149 2.JPG

Cat LeBlanc (she/her) (New Brunswick)

Cat has been Membership Services Director at the NB Film Co-op for 25 years. She assists members with their film/video productions from development to distribution. She has also done production management on many member projects through the years. Cat coordinates the annual provincial workshop program, Short Film Venture Program, and the Telefilm Talent to Watch Program through the NB Film Co-op. She sits on the board for the Writers’ Federation of NB and Women in Film and Television Atlantic. She is a Linda Joy Media Arts committee member and co-lead for programming, events, and finance for the Silver Wave Film Festival.

 

Cat was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2010 and was presented with the 2011 Wave Award for film, television, and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership, and dedication.

 

Cat is also a filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and composer who creates free-flowing hypnotic songs and musicscapes for film, commercials, and gallery installations. Her music is on multiple online music platforms. She has done artist residencies at The Banff Centre and in Italy. Cat’s music mentor is iconic singer/songwriter Dan Hill who was recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

P1170283.jpeg

Stevey Hunter (they/them) (Nova Scotia)

Stevey Hunter (they/them) is a trans-nonbinary actor, comedian, and writer based in Halifax/Kjipuktuk. They are a member of award winning local improv company Hello City. They have worked with numerous Nova Scotian theatre companies including: Neptune Theatre, Ship's Theatre Company, Zuppa theatre, and more.

 

Most recently they performed their first solo comedy show When You Leave Please Say Nice Things About Me, which was funded by Arts NS and produced by the BST Wrtiers' Circle. Their play FAT JULIET, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of a fat 16 year old, Juliet, will be presented in Fall 2021. They were a member of AFCOOP’s Film 1 program where they recently shot their first short film Not A Woman.

 

Stevey is also a 2021 recipient of Screen Nova Scotia’s Diversity Mentorship Program. Selected TV: Diggstown (CBC), Moonshine (CBC), FROM (Epix), Swearnet (TPB) Selected Film: Look At Me (AfroViking).

kassy headshot.jpg

Kassy Tench (she/her) (Nova Scotia)

Growing up, I was fortunate to have both of my parents working in the film industry. It provided me with the unique opportunity to see how productions worked behind the camera and not just the finished product like most people see. I would visit my parents on set and sometimes I even got to do background work. Whether it was a small or large production, I was able to see all the moving parts — all the crew members working in tandem to complete a singular goal— and it fascinated me, even though I did not completely understand what they were doing through my young eyes. I believe my drive came from swimming competitively, which I did twice a day, five days a week, between ages 9 and 17. It taught me discipline and work ethic, which I have carried into my career in film production today.

 

Since graduating from the NSCC Screen Arts Program, I have been actively involved in the film industry, working on television and feature film productions including BOOK OF NEGROES, MR. D., and all three seasons of DIGGSTOWN (Season 3 currently in production). I’ve also been actively involved with WIFT-AT over the years, both as a member and a volunteer in the capacity of volunteer coordinator.

Tracy Gaudet (she/her) (Nova Scotia)

Tracy Gaudet comes from a career in business and insurance having worked in both small and large companies. Her introduction to film and television was from working at Fraser & Hoyt in the 2000’s and working as the insurance broker on many small and large productions. In 2015, Tracy moved to St John’s NL. There she was a part owner in a boutique, insurance broker, and worked again in insuring productions, while continuing to operate her own independent consulting business.

 

She became involved in the local arts community both as a sponsor for local film festivals and awards, serving as a director and secretary of the Nickel Independent Film Festival, and taking part in several programs at NIFCO, both as a participant and presenter.

 

Tracy moved to Ottawa in 2019 and returned back to her home province of Nova Scotia in 2020. She hopes to fulfill her goals of becoming involved in the industry again and finally working on some projects of her own.

kelsey.jpg

Kelsey Power (she/her) (Nova Scotia)

Kelsey Power was trained to work in television and took courses related to the history and presentation of cinema through her undergraduate education at the University of King’s College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours). She wrote about documentary filmmaking in Canada for her honours project. 

 

She participated in New Waves in 2016, and became WIFT-AT’s programming and conference coordinator for 2017/18. Following this she has sat on the board and is now Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. 

 

Kelsey has been the production coordinator for John Walker Productions Ltd., since 2018. She was the production and post production coordinator of Assholes: A Theory. She completed a CMPA Nova Scotia Production Mentorship Program with Vertical Productions Inc., from October 2019 to March 2020. Since October 2020, Kelsey has acted as production coordinator, researcher, and writer for the productions of Firefly Digital Media – Half Speed Adventures, Maritime Made, and Wild Spaces. After completing the 2020/2021 WIFT-AT Mentor Match program with McLean Media in January 2021, Kelsey has been production managing its latest episode of The Nature of Things.  

 

Kelsey has also worked as a background actor, movement performer, videographer, camera assistant trainee, camera assistant, production assistant, assistant animator, assistant set dresser, IATSE 667 camera trainee, director, producer, publicist, juror, and production consultant.

Victoria Wells (she/her) (Newfoundland and Labrador) 

Victoria is a freelance media Jane of many trades based in St. John’s, NL. When she’s not working behind the scenes as Technical Director for St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) she can be found in the editing room working on everything from films and television series, to advertisements and online events.

 

She has worked with many local and national organizations including the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Bell Media, and the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-op (NIFCO). Vic has taught several workshops on video editing and has mentored editing for the SJIWFF FRAMED Film Camp series and believes strongly in helping to develop the next generation of artists and visual
storytellers.

 

Vic is passionate about supporting the voices of women and LGBTQ+
filmmakers and helping them to get their stories heard.

ADVISORS & EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

 

Jan.jpg

Jan Miller (Nova Scotia)

Founding Chair

Jan draws from more than 25 years working in the international market place as consultant, connector, and trainer. She is director of Trans Atlantic Partners, a one-of-a-kind international training program that focuses on transatlantic feature film and drama series co-production with Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. Jan also presents one of the top pitching and concept development workshops globally, working with key industry players to connect projects and talent. 

 

Jan designed the ‘Industry’ component of Women in View’s 5 Women in Focus program. 

 

As founding chair, Jan launched Women in Film and Television Atlantic and its annual conference Women Making Waves. She is on the national board of Women in View, which supports women in all roles in the screen industry. She is also on the board of the AFC.